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A dental implant is basically a simple surgical instrument which comes in use of supporting one or more false teeth. It is a screw made of the metal Titanium that is used to replace the lost natural tooth and its root. It can be placed in a jaw bone in a similar way as the tooth root. There are two types of dental implants:
Endosteal dental implants: It is an implant placed into jaw bone. It is the most frequently used one. The different types of implants include screws, cylinders or blades. Each of which is capable of holding up prosthetic teeth.
Subperiosteal dental implants: It is an implant, which is placed on the jawbone, just below gums with a metallic frame that protrudes through the gums to carry the prosthetic teeth.
One may need a dental implant when one needs one of these treatments:
People who are diabetic or are chain smokers are usually advised to not take up a dental implant because they are the most prone to acquiring a gum disease which is quite harmful for their health.
Candidates who have less exposure to sunlight and are patients of osteoporosis have a higher risk of failure of dental implants.
Please refer to during/post procedure.
The total approximate time for the whole dental implant process takes about 5 to 8 months. It can be prorogated if gums or bone procedures are needed. The dental implants can be placed just after extraction but it is not advisable. The most important part post an implant is the process of osseointegration, which may not happen completely if one wishes to have an implant just after extraction.
The various risks and failures of dental implants are:
Rejection of foreign bodies: A body may reject dental implants just like an organ transplant. The body assumes the implant to be a foreign body and rejects it.
Implant failure: The implant may break or bend despite being made of Titanium in some cases. A clout or a blow on the face or constant grinding may lead the crown to break.
Allergic reactions: The traces of Nickel in Titanium may cause sores or irritation in mouth in some patients. There’s only one test to know if a candidate is allergic to Titanium or not, it’s called Melisa test.
How long do implants long?
If the implants are well taken care of and if the bone to which they are attached is healthy, the implants can last for a lot of years. However, there is no lifetime guarantee.